German Ski Federation nominates Kuusamo-team
As one of the last teams, the German Ski Federation has named their starters for the upcoming World Cup in Kuusamo.
World Champion and World Cup overall winner Eric Frenzel will be joined by Tino Edelmann, Björn Kircheisen, Johannes Rydzek, Manuel Faißt, Fabian Rießle, Tobias Haug, Jakob Lange und David Welde. After profiting from the early ski jumping season opening in Klingenthal last weekend where the Nordic Combined team was able to make their first snow jumps, the German squad will travel to Kuusamo tomorrow.
National coach Hermann Weinbuch is satisfied with the performance of his team so far: "We are well prepared for the season start. Due to our training plan, the athletes will not be completely explosive on the track as they will hopefully be in Sochi but I am quite happy with the current level of performance. I am sure the last polishing will come with the competitions ahead of us."
His athletes all agree that it's great that the season is getting under way now but are also aware of the difficulties that the venue of Kuusamo poses. Tino Edelmann: "Everything's possible in Kuusamo because the hill is not easy to jump and can have difficult conditions. The track is one of the hardest ones in the World Cup. If it is very cold and the snow a little blunt, we will see who is in the best shape very quickly."
Nordic Combined superstar Eric Frenzel even utters a tiny challenge: "My preparation went very well, especially those last snow jumps in Klingenthal. I am jumping on a good level, therefore it will be a relaxed trip to Kuusamo for me! I feel my regeneration after the many many training units in fall has gone very well, too, so I even have a certain level of expectations now. All signs point towards a very good start of the World Cup for me."